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Spring 2018 Issue Released

Rae RGH

Interview: Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon & Rebecca Gayle Howell

Appalachian Heritage talks to Sonja Livingston

Appalachian Heritage talks to Sonja Livingston

Carnage

The weasel knew their warmth in the dark, ripped throats, let drop the gangly, earnest bodies of two-week-old domer chicks we found slain in the obvious morning light, the chicken coop an aftermath, an abattoir, blood-sopping tufts of down scattered awry, forty-eight of fifty dead, the two living birds huddled…

Elision

Now the nascent air of January makes me ache. With it comes your   voice, warm as brass inside a body slurred with ice.   When sorrow made clear as air the snow that wind would have to lug, I was sure   I’d hear it all the time: a…

Sussex County

Not knowing if we should speak, we reached the end of the trail and stood sheepish as denuded pines before an endless dark. Low and sinking still, the sun gleaned grey beyond ragged dogwood drapes. Only then, when wind ran through us like a cold hand, did I realize how…

Keystone

My teeth are asleep and kind. They bleach like limestone, crumble like slate. The old plates are merely lungs, long dormant, having breathed once, twice, long ago. My chest had lifted, my shoulder blades cracking together, pulled up and back. Volcanoes fell down my throat, swallowed into peace, their rumblings…

Weeding

You can always find them in the garden, lurking there in the cooler shadows, setting up shop and putting down roots— soil-squatters, mulch-poachers, the illegitimate green. I squat down in professional stance for a close inspection and calm reach, an executioner crouched and gloved, my leathered fingers itching for the…

Dark Spirits

A Tennessean would tell you this: the state’s Whiskey Trail is a big reason why the South is home to more craft whiskey distilleries than any other region. Volunteer State sippers savor Corsair, George Dickel, Pritchard’s, Nashville Craft, Nelson’s Green Brier, Short Mountain, Sugarlands, Tennessee Hills. I learned this lore from…